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Grumbach, Elizabeth – Science and Children, 2019
This article describes an 8-10 week problem-based learning unit for fifth graders that introduced them to the facts underlying global climate change. This unit was inspired by the lack of awareness in our national population around this clear threat to our global ecosystem and takes on this goal: to provide students (our future advocates and…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Climate
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Larm, Brooke – Science and Children, 2017
This article describes how a farm-based class in the Great Lakes region investigated how plants and animals prepare for winter. Two groups of children, ranging in ages from three to five years old, had a farm, pasture, gardens, forest, and a pond available for exploration. A low teacher-to-child ratio was maintained, with one teacher to…
Descriptors: Science Education, Plants (Botany), Animals, Animal Behavior
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Mann, Michele J.; Pynes, D'Anna – Science and Children, 2016
In this article, Mann and Pynes describe a five-day mini-project-based learning (PBL) unit about organisms and their environments that addresses the "Next Generation Science Standards" (3-LS4-3). Third-grade students were asked how they could determine which animals live in their neighborhoods. In teacher-determined collaborative groups,…
Descriptors: Science Education, Elementary School Science, Grade 3, Animals
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Schwarzkopf-Trujillo, Julie; Straits, William – Science and Children, 2015
During inquiry investigations with third graders, the authors urge their students not to just make observations but also to record them. Inspired by Joel Fleishman's "A Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices" (1988), the authors developed an activity that increases students' motivation to record accurate and detailed observations. This…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Elementary School Students, Standards, Grade 3
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Smith, Cynthia; Landry, Melinda – Science and Children, 2013
Kindergarten students have an amazing capacity for wonder and inquisitiveness--two important characteristics for future scientists. Much of what young students "know" about the natural world stems from their daily interactions with peers, adults, the outdoors, and the media. What can be especially challenging to uncover and redirect are…
Descriptors: Elementary School Science, Kindergarten, Animals, Misconceptions
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Schiller, Ellen; Melin, Jacque – Science and Children, 2011
Classroom assessment practices have shifted from a focus on checking for students' understanding of memorized material to examining their conceptual understanding as they engage in activities that involve scientific reasoning, inquiry skills, performances, and products. Inquiry-based science has shifted instruction away from teacher-centered,…
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Active Learning, Grade 5, Science Instruction
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Hollen, Shawna; Toney, Jaime L.; Bisaccio, Daniel; Haberstroh, Karen Marie; Herbert, Timothy – Science and Children, 2011
The authors combined content-driven and inquiry-based lessons into the framework of problem-based learning (PBL). They did this in eight third- through sixth-grade classrooms--two each from grades 3-5, one from sixth grade, and one mixed-grade special education. These older elementary students explored a local problem of lobsters infected by…
Descriptors: Diseases, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Science
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Ashbrook, Peggy – Science and Children, 2011
It is exciting to see children display an interest in discovering the world through their actions. Those actions are the beginning of science inquiry, the process children use to develop knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, including an understanding of how scientists study the natural world. This month's column features an activity…
Descriptors: Science Education, Inquiry, Student Interests, Scientific Principles
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Subramaniam, Karthigeyan – Science and Children, 2010
WebQuests and the 5E learning cycle are titans of the science classroom. These popular inquiry-based strategies are most often used as separate entities, but the author has discovered that using a combined WebQuest and 5E learning cycle format taps into the inherent power and potential of both strategies. In the lesson, "Clash of the Titans,"…
Descriptors: Animals, Learning Processes, Teaching Methods, Web Sites
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Weaver, Julie K. – Science and Children, 2010
Students love a mystery. So what do America's most majestic bird, a bag of habitat clues, and a soft-shelled egg have in common? This easy-to-do inquiry activity engages students as they connect clues to problem-solve how the bald eagle reached the brink of extinction in the 1960s in the lower 48 states. It was designed to give students an…
Descriptors: Ornithology, Time Perspective, Ecology, Animals
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Davison, Sarah – Science and Children, 2009
Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Digital cameras, young inquisitive scientists, give it a try! In this project, students create an open-ended question for investigation, capture and record their observations--data--with digital cameras, and create a digital story to share their findings. The project follows a 5E learning cycle--Engage, Explore,…
Descriptors: Photography, Learning Activities, Science Instruction, Creative Teaching
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Newman, James; Krustchinsky, Rick; Vanek, Karen; Nguyen, Kim-Thoa – Science and Children, 2009
In this "O-"fish"-ial" research project, third-grade students use multiple resources to research several fish species, write a research paper and develop a PowerPoint presentation to communicate their findings. In addition, students actually examine these species up close with samples from the local market, and then conclude the project with a…
Descriptors: Animals, Research Projects, Science Process Skills, Learning Activities
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Betteley, Pat – Science and Children, 2009
How do you inspire students to keep records like scientists? Share the primary research of real scientists and explicitly teach students how to keep records--that's how! Therefore, a group of third-grade students and their teacher studied the work of famous primatologist Jane Goodall and her modern-day counterpart Ian Gilby. After learning about…
Descriptors: Animal Behavior, Parks, Foreign Countries, Scientists
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Folsom, Jennifer; Hunt, Catherine; Cavicchio, Maria; Schoenemann, Anne; D'Amato, Matthew – Science and Children, 2007
The purpose of many animal studies at early grades is to build observation skills, develop a knowledge base, and practice age-appropriate science skills like comparing, describing, and drawing. While these are important learning experiences, the National Science Education Standards also recommend that students engage in scientific inquiry (NRC…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Observation, Kindergarten, Animals
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Possick, Jennifer – Science and Children, 2007
In this article, the authors' kindergarteners and a fellow first-grade class turned their hallway into a forest! Not just any mural, this culmination of a month-long project was based on observing, questioning, taking field trips, conducting library research (including the internet) and asking experts. The students developed skills in forming…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Animals, Integrated Activities, Science Projects
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